Monday, 25 April 2016

Sew Over It Doris Dress (and a giveaway)

Ahoy-hoy! Today I'll be talking about the Doris Dress, the latest pattern release from Sew Over It. The pattern has some gorgeous design details including short kimono sleeves, pleats to the front and back bodice, a panelled skirt and a low scooped neck. There are two dress lengths to choose from: a longer, below-the-knee length or a shorter version. The dress is semi-fitted and the waist can be accentuated with either a tie belt or a short, buttoned back belt. I tested the pattern for Sew Over It a few weeks ago and there's a lot to like about it!


I used one of my favourite stash fabrics to make it with - a royal blue dotted chambray from Robert Kaufman which was kindly gifted to me by Florence last year. I've been waiting for just the right pattern to pair it with and the Doris dress seemed to fit the bill perfectly. It's the same fabric I used for my second Pussy Bow Blouse but in a different colourway, so I knew it would be lovely to work with. The dots are quite subtle so you don't get the full Minnie Mouse effect and the brighter blue is a great colour for summer. 


This particular chambray is easy to cut out, presses well and has just enough drape for this dress. I say just because the Doris pattern has a seven panelled, flippy skirt that benefits from a lightweight fabric with some drape to it. Rayons, silks and light lawns would work well but I'd steer clear of quilting cottons or anything too stiff. Luckily this chambray is quite soft, so just sneaked through the drape test by the skin of its teeth. The dress also requires six buttons down the front which is a good excuse to use up any vintage beauties you've been saving up. And, the centre front opening isn't functional so you don't even need to make buttonholes if you don't want to. I'm extremely lazy so this was a no brainer - I simply sewed my buttons directly through the bodice front, oh what joy! 


Size-wise I made a size 10 of version 2 - the shorter version with the fixed back belt. It's worth noting that the short version really is quite short - I ending up lengthening the skirt by 1.5 inches and I'm titchy (5'2"). If I was intending to only wear this dress to the beach I wouldn't have bothered, but I have lots of other plans for it so needed a bit more coverage! 


The only other fitting adjustment I made was a one inch FBA (Full Bust Adjustment). The overall fit is good - it isn't as roomy at the waist as I was expecting, which is probably down to my not-quite-size-10 waistline, so I didn't bother adding the back belt. The belt on version 2 isn't actually sewn in place until the end of the construction process, so you can wait to see how it fits before deciding.

Back view without fixed back belt
The dress closes with an invisible side zip, which is the only thing about the dress I dislike. Uurrgh don't get me started on side zips, I bloody hate the things. I had to put one in this version as I was testing the pattern, but I'd be very tempted to replace it with a centre back one next time. They're not actually any more difficult to install than a centred zip, I just personally find the process awkward. Yes, you get a lovely clean line down the back bodice, but I still don't think it's worth the sacrifice. And if you have any kind of chest they're a nightmare when it comes to actually getting the dress on and off! Luckily, the low scoop neck on this pattern makes it easier than most. This is just my own personal sewing gripe though - if side zips don't bring you out in hives, you're laughing.

EDIT: A couple of commenters have made some excellent points regarding side zips. Firstly if functional buttonholes are added to the front bodice this make it easier to get the dress on and off. Secondly, changing the zip to a centred back zip wouldn't work for version two with the fixed back belt. It would still work without a belt (like my version) or for version one, as the ties for the long belt are attached at the back pleats. Thanks !


Because there are quite a number of different techniques used in this pattern, it's classified as Intermediate which I would agree with. There's nothing too head scratchy though, so if you already have a few simple dresses under your belt and can insert a concealed zip you should be fine, I think it's a great pattern to really stretch your skills a bit further.

This dress will get a lot of wear this summer, the chambray gives it a definite casual look, but the design is elegant enough to make you feel pulled together. It's described as a day dress and that's exactly when I intend to wear it - it's a perfect dress for everyday wear!

If you like the look of the Doris Dress then you're in luck, as I have one extra copy of the pattern to give away. To be in with a chance of winning it, simply leave a comment on this post (don't forget to include your email address if it's not linked to your Blogger profile). The giveaway is open worldwide and closes at midnight GMT on Friday 29th April. The winner will be chosen at random and I'll announce the winner here on my blog. Have a good week! x


The Doris Dress pattern was given to me free of charge for pattern testing. All views my own. 





152 comments:

  1. Eurgh I HATE side zips with a passion! I tend to find that when i've done them up my boobs look wonky and I have to jiggle everything into place! And i've also had a memorable shopping trip wear I didn't realise my side zip had zipped up but not closed at all! and I spent the whole day with my side hanging out very attractively!

    So i think id opt for a centre back zip as well!

    Your version is lovely blue is a great colour on you!

    Frankie

    knitwitsowls@gmail.com

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  2. Oooh, lovely dress! The colour is fantastic too! :) I've never done I side-zip before, so that would probably be a bit of a head-scratcher for me.

    donnalouise27@gmail.com

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  3. I love side zips, I don't think there are enough patterns with them, so I am excited about this dress!

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  4. Cute dress and the colour is perfect on you. I'm with you on the side zip debate. Loathsome things

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  5. oohh , such a pretty dress! it ticks all the right boxes of my wish list, and with polka dots to top it all off!

    linda_aissaoui@hotmail.com

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  6. Lovely dress!! Perfect fit... Love the fabric. I like every single detail of the dress.
    Wahegurusab13@gmail.com

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  7. Love the dress - and the shoes :-)

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  8. Love the dress and a side zip is more comfortable to wear than one down the back. But the getting in and out with long hair, wide shoulders and a healthy bust, I think I'll need the button holes to work!
    corab@me.com

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    1. Excellent point about the buttonholes, if I wasn't so lazy I'd have realised that opening the bodice down the centre front makes getting the dress on and off easier! I'm going to add that to the blog post as an edit, thank you! x

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    2. Your Doris is great! I'd totally wear this style - thanks for allowing my entry into the contest!
      Therese (theresebecher@hotmail.com)

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  9. What a beautiful dress. Thanks for the giveaway.
    annamariehlustik@googlemail.com

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  10. I love your version of the dress - chambray looks really great.
    I too have a dislike of side zips!

    jess.m.adams@gmail.com

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  11. What a brilliant summer dress! And I'm with you on the side zip front...I once got stuck in a dress I'd ordered online when the zip broke while I was trying it on. SO embarrassing, and involved ringing the call centre to explain I was going to have to cut myself out of it! Been traumatised by side zips ever since! :-D

    Would love to try Doris myself (perhaps with a back zip alteration!), so thanks for the chance!
    missjbain@gmail.com

    JessB

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  12. I love your fabric choice, the colour looks amazing on you! A centre back zip would be great however. I'd love to try this new pattern, I've not tried any Sew Over it patterns yet, they all look gorgeous.

    I'd love to be in with a chance to win Doris!
    abi_dyson@hotmail.co.uk

    xo

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  13. Lovely dress and a great pattern, love the back belt feature!

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  14. Never tried a side zip before! This could be fun and this pattern is EXACTLY what I have been looking for recently.
    awalch_art"at"hotmail.com

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  15. This pattern to date has to be my favourite, and you made a beautiful version of it. As for side zips I recently made Butterwick B5748 which requires a side zip, I spent the guts of 5 hours putting one in, I broke the first one and eventually got the second one in, next time it's a centre back zip for sure!!

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  16. i am so with you on side zips but i love the dress and love the fabric you chose. sarahwoodhead30@gmail.com

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  17. I'd love to add this pattern to my repertoire, although I'm not a fan of the side zip, either.

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  18. What a lovely Doris dress - and the shoes (swoon)! I'd love to win the pattern. My email is rtrittel at yahoo dot com. Thanks for the giveaway opp!

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  19. I've been eyeing up this pattern! Your version is so cute. I like the back without the waist tie better - what a happy "accident" !

    alexandrampatterson (at) gmail (dot) com

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  20. What a great dress! That blue really is your color.
    bobbipiles1229(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. I do like the look of this dress. Your version is lovely!

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  22. Love this pattern & your version is gorgeous. It seems like a design that would be perfect for wearing to work; suitably smart & comfy. Thanks for the tip regarding drapey-ness of fabrics.

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  23. Really beautiful color chambray!
    Would be great to win the pattern ;)

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  24. It looks great! I'd really love to try and make the long one - I can never find longer length patterns taht dont look really old fashioned - i think this one fits the bill perfectly!
    H

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  25. i like side zips in theory (getting dressed is easier, getting undressed not so much!). but they are a pain in practise. are those tucks rather than darts at the bust and waist?

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    1. Yes they are. They're described as pleats on the pattern but they're the same kind of tucks as the BHL Anna dress? My version also has traditional bust darts because of the FBA. x

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  26. It looks beautiful, great colour on you. I've never done a side zip as I'm quite new to this sewing lark but I'm up for giving it a go

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  27. Ah, that's a lovely dress! I completely agree about side zips too, although with the back belt thingy I can see why it's at the side. The one thing I do (and I can't remember where I learnt this) is insert them upside down so that when it's done up the zipper tab is at your hip. Makes it much easier to get in and out of!
    Don't enter me into your giveaway as I bought this within 24hrs of its release and have earmarked a number of pieces in the stash with potential; all I've got to do is actually carve out some time to sew (sigh)!

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    1. Doh, sometimes I'm such a thicky, I forgot about the placement of the back belt thingy because I left mine off! You could still do a centre back zip with version 1 as the ties are attached at the back pleats, just not version 2 with the fixed belt. Thanks Vicki, will add a little edit about this! x

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  28. You are right, I agree you will get a lot of use out of this gorgeous frock! I want one too!

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  29. I love this dress and it looks beautiful. I can picture this in a mint fabric with white polka dots.

    Tara

    TPadbury93@gmail.com

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  30. Ooooo I've been eyeing this up since Lisa's email! Very cute, and it looks great on you. How did the FBA go with the bust pleats? I'm always a bit nervous of these since having a nightmare with BHL Anna (which looks great on me until I move in any way, when the pleats go on a wander...)

    As for side zips, I agree with you, if the neckline is open (i.e. with wide straps or a deep scoop) then I'm happy, otherwise getting the waistline over a larger bust is a nightmare...

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    1. The FBA was fine, although on mine, the slash line does end up going straight through the two pleat lines! I measured the distance between the two pleat points first and made sure the size of the pleat remained the same distance after the FBA. It seemed to work! It might be worth checking the Sew Over It blog too in the next few weeks as they may do a tutorial. x

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  31. Thanks for the giveaway, I would love a chance with this pattern.

    Your dress looks great, especially with the red shoes!

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  32. Your version looks lovely! I have a sky blue and white polka dot fabric that is dying to be a Doris dress! my email address is lizzie.g.page at gmail.com

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  33. What a lovely dress! The perfect day dress indeed. I've been waiting for this pattern to come out but am really broke at the mo - so I would really love to win it! Fingers crossed! x

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  34. Oh yours is beautiful - love the fabric choice! Would love to win the pattern - jo.laycock@yahoo.com

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  35. I'd love the chance to try a sew over it pattern- I really love their aesthetic and thus would be a great chance to try their patterns.

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  36. I love your dress. The color is so pretty.

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  37. Entering
    lauraannamcvay at gmail dot com

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  38. Lovely dress Jane - colour is perfect for you!

    laurencaraathotmaildotcom

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  39. Ooh your dress is lovely. I love kimono sleeves! I find ordinary short sleeved a bit annoying (I don't know why). I like a side-zip too because I find them easier to put on but then I've got no boobs....

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  40. I see what you mean about the drape, but it still looks good. Lovely colour.
    Victoriablyth (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk
    Thanks

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  41. Really, really pretty dress ! Thx for the giveaway
    mependletnk@gmail.com

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  42. Love the fabric and your shoes are luscious!

    I had my finger hovering over the order button for this pattern on Thursday but I'm rocking a bit of a sewing backlog at the moment. Obviously entering to win a copy of the pattern doesn't count though, right?!

    frockyhorror17@gmail.com

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  43. I love this pattern, and it looks gorgeous in the blue chambray! I have such a hard time finding dresses (or anything really) with a low neck, which is annoying as that's the style I prefer to wear; definitely adding it to my birthday wishlist.

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  44. I was all excited about the whole business of not having to do buttonholes. But side zips usually have me basically trying to contort myself into some sort of human pretzel to get past my broad shoulders and larger chest to get them done up. Glad to have the heads up about that! :)

    Your polka dot version is absolutely lovely on you, Jane!

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  45. I have to agree with everyone how lovely the Doris dress is on you and the colour is really just right for summer. I've been thinking would you need the side zip if you put buttonholes down the front, I believe that is an option on the pattern? Looking forward to you sharing more Doris dresses with us. June.

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    1. You would still need the side zip even if you make the buttonholes functional. It extends several inches below the waist seam - in order to get over the hips and bum I presume! x

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  46. What a nice summery dress you've made! Blue is a nice colour on you.

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  47. i've been wanting to try a a sew over it pattern and this one looks just lovely! perfect for a summer frock!
    katherine.jones13 [at] gmail.com

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  48. That's a lovely looking pattern - might be out of my comfort zone but I suppose that's no bad thing - always good to challenge yourself!tnixsonuk*aol.co.uk

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  49. Love your dress. I haven't made too many dresses but decided this summer was the year of the dress. Thanks for the give away.

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  50. I really like your dress especially the polka dot print.

    k_rampersad03 at yahoo dot com

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  51. Having not yet sewn a side zip I'm hoping for a chance to try it out 😉 although I sometimes struggle with rtw ones I think I can eliminate some of those issues fitting my own x

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  52. Looks lovely and that colour is fab. What a perfect late spring/ summer dress!

    Funny the hate for side zips. Personally I always change the opening to a side zip if I can! Back zips are so much harder to do up (and I can't stand having to rely on someone else to zip me in). I'm quite flexible but can only assume you're all contortionsts to find back ones convenient!

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  53. Wow! This dress is stunning on you. That fabric and colour is fab. Great tip about the buttons. I personally prefer a side zip to a back one - easier to get done up!

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  54. I'll definitely be making this dress and you can bet I'll be referring to your post when I found so!

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  55. Love this pattern dress Jane!!! Its lovely,im see tou from Madrid,Spain,its a perfect dress for me!! Please Jane!!!

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  56. oh wow i love the fabric its perfect for the dress! Ive never put in a side zip before but id welcome the challenge!the dress looks real cute on you! sally'uskendalls.co.uk

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  57. What a lovely dress, perfect pattern and fabric combination. I have sewn a lapped side zipper and I quite liked the results. I would love to win a copy of this pattern. Nadja_schaefer@freenet.de

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  58. Hi Jane lovely to see that you patterned tested the Doris dress and gave your own opinions good and bad. Your blogging style is definitely my favourite,you give constructive commentary, good photos of the garments constructed and enough information about alterations to keep it interesting. My favourite blogger and favourite pattern brand is a win win! I haven't sewn a side zip before but they can be awful as a big busted woman on ready to wear garments so I get you there! The Doris dress has loads of techniques in it to develop skills I look forward to making it in the future. Thanks for the competition kimberlymaclean41014@gmail.com

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  59. wow, loving the Doris dress and anything with polka dots is heaven to me. I'm just learning to be patient when making clothes and realising that sometimes you do have to practise before you dive in. thanks for the chance to win. happy sewing lisa.foxon@ntlworld.com

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  60. What a very pretty dress. I think this dress would flatter alot of figures, including mine. Thanks for the give away: ozzie_1905@live.com

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  61. Your dress is lovely and the skirt has a lovely shape even with the just about drapey fabric^^

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  62. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this pattern. I've been looking forward to its release for ages! Alice.lam1@gmail.com

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  63. Love the dress. Would not have realised it had those little kimono sleeves. Wish patterns had pics of real item on real people. Still - you do that so well for them!
    Sarah
    Sarah.lally@optimally.co.uk

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  64. Very cute! I dig this pattern - buttons and kimono sleeves and a flippy skirt, sign me up!

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  65. I don't like side zippers at all, but what about a short back zip ?
    Also, I see that you made some lovely soft pleats in the skirt--I think this makes the dress so cute. Love it and thank you for the free pattern. Now I must trim down my bread basket and tummy.

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  66. Ooo! This is lovely, and what gorgeous fabric. Thanks for the chance of winning the pattern!

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  67. Another lovely make Jane both the pattern & fabric really suit you, personally I like side zips and have in the past changed a back zip to the side, it gives a nicer finish at the back and I find them easier o do up without assistance, however I don't have the problem of big boobs!
    Thanks for the chance to win the pattern, I was only admiring it this morning on Lisa's vlog. samanderic(at)live(dot)co(dot)uk

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  68. Looks lovely and very glad you made the comments about size and length - not often us sub 5'2" people have to add length!! But I will if I win the pattern!
    Avril
    avril_corbett@yahoo.co.uk

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  69. I love this dress - I also love side zips, because of how easy they make it to get yourself in and out of a dress without help. And I really like the name of this dress; it's my aunt's name so I could have a whole stable of dresses with all my relatives' names soon... :)

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  70. lovely dress even with the side zip :)

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  71. I love how this looks on you in a crisper fabric. I'm quite new to sewing but made my first dress in a grey Robert Kaufman dot chambray and it's become so lovely and soft with washing.
    I'm currently tackling my first Darling Ranges dress in chambray.

    Rebeccafraser (at) btinternet (dot) com

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  72. You could still have the 'fixed' belt with centre back zip if you put buttonholes in the belt - one or both ends - maybe? I love your version - that colour is lovely!
    I would love to give this pattern a go!
    h.varnham @ gmail.com

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  73. I like how it looks on you, and it suits my aesthetic so I'd love to try it out. Even with the side zip and I totally agree with you about what a pain the can be. Deborahbrigid at gmail dot com

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  74. Just saw this on the Sew Over It website and was immediately smitten. I recently bought some beautiful kelly green glass flower cut buttons that would look smashing with this dress. This would have to be my favourite pattern from these guys. acupofanouk@gmail.com

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  75. Such a pretty, Summer dress on you Jane. Love the detail on the bodice. Especially liking it with the red shoes too :-)

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  76. Love the dress style and fabric, had to chuckle about your dislike of side zips-same here!

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  77. Please, let me win the pattern, I want to look as good as you in it😊

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  78. Love this pattern, just want Lisa's teal version! I was worried how comfortable the sleeves are? Hope I win, cawmags@tiscali.co.uk.

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  79. Such a lovely pattern... I'd love to make this for the summer.

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  80. I love this dress on you. This new pattern seems like another Sew Over it winner!

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  81. Super cute dress - I especially love those red shoes with it. I agree that it'll be easy to move the zip but i have to admit to being partial to side zips. Especially when using large print fabric so you don't have to play cutting Tetris quite so much!

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  82. I love this pattern and your version is beautiful. I love everything about it. I'd be chuffed to win it!
    I'll send email later( don't like putting it on public spaces!)

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  83. I love the look of this pattern and your version is beautiful! Fingers crossed I'm lucky! X

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  84. Very pretty dress, classic and perfect for summer! This color looks lovely on you. Thank you!
    tatiana.vovchenko@gmail.com

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  85. I love this pattern, and I think the shape compliments u very well. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  86. I have wanted a copy of this pattern since BEFORE it came out! I actually wrote to Sew Over it and asked for one, but it had not been made available to the public yet. Yours turned out beautifully and that colour suits you wonderfully. Thank you for giving us all a chance to win a pattern for our very own.

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  87. Lovely dress :) thanks for the detailed review

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  88. I would like to be in the running for this pattern, please. It would be my first Sew Over It pattern.

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  89. A lovely dress. The fabric is gorgeous. I've never used chambray before but I'm thinking I should.
    kashtastic42(at)gmail(dot)com

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  90. Love both the fabric and design elements of this pattern. Great down-to-earth style and simple to wear.

    That's all for now, Nancy of buckscottageservices@yahoo.ca

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  91. I would wear exactly that- love the fabric and the design. Annwatts25@ gmail.com

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  92. Beautiful collection and projects.

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  93. Gorgeous dress, the colour really suits you. nic_bostock@yahoo.co.uk

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  94. A very cute dress! I agree with you on the side zip dislike. Not necessarily because of the construction, but mostly for practicality reasons. I have come across garments with side zippers that I could just get into, and I'm by no means full chested....
    My email tinabriggs3677@Gmail.com

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  95. Wow it's so flattering. I really like the way the skirt falls. I think I could see myself making a dress like this for myself. I have made 2 dresses so far and am keen to start another soon

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  96. Beautiful dress, really lovely fabric. Would love to give this pattern a go! Diane diane_fricker@hotmail.com

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  97. Your version of the dress is lovely!
    I really would like the chance to try this pattern either! :)

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  98. Very pretty dress. Would love to add this pattern to my collection.

    Karen
    klrochetteATsnetDOTnet

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  99. Jane! Your dress is so cute! I love that color of blue, and the fact that it has polka dots makes it even better. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

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  100. Fabulous as always

    georginaDOTnichols40ATgmailDOTcom

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  101. What a cute dress! (And I'm loving the shoes as well!) Personally I prefer side zips as back zips always seem to buckle and sit funny on me. Maybe I need to do a sway back adjustment? Also, trying to get hold of the zip pull on a back zip I always find very tricky, as they're usually in the spot that you . . . just . . . can't . . . reach!

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  102. Very sweet little dress. Fingers crossed for a bit of sunshine so you can get some wear out of it. I love those fake button/ fastener details in the front. And no bust pulling them open as its not real. Fab!

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  103. Your version of this dress is gorgeous! I think it may have persuaded me to make it. To win the pattern would mean I would have more money for fabric!

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  104. Am I the only person who finds it hard to see the potential in a dress from the sewing pattern alone? Seeing your photos makes me want to sew up lots of these Doris dresses in different colours.

    kimlimdickson@live.com

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  105. Beautiful dress, love the colour on you!
    I would love the chance to win the pattern!

    tracythompson at hotmail dot co dot nz

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  106. Love the dress - beautiful fabric. Thanks for a chance to win the pattern. anndotsparkesathotmaildotcom.

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  107. Love it. I have already been eyeing up this pattern xx
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  108. Love the spotty chambray, sensible but also fun!

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  109. I LOVE the look of this new pattern! And great review, I'm definitely going to save it for whenever/if ever I make it!

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  110. Love this, so cute! I've got some very drapey chambray that I think would work as a Doris.

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  111. Looks lovely! Very fresh and perfect for spring! Side zips aren't really for me so I'd inclined to follow suit and add it in the back. And yup, the original pattern must be quite short then! The length you went for is good.

    gingerellaj@gmail.com

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  112. Stunning details and impeccable topstitching.patterns for sewing

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  113. This is so cute on you! What a sweet little dress! You can leave me out of the giveaway- I'm overloaded on projects right now- but good luck to everyone entering!

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  114. So cute! It would be a perfect day dress for Summer (if Summer ever comes to Denmark, that is)

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  115. The Doris Dress looks lovely in that fabric!
    Thanks for giving us the chance to win the pattern
    aghorsley(at)gmail(dot)com

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  116. It's gorgeous! I'm currently trying hard to sew for summer, so thanks for the chance to get my mitts on this! I've just put a side zip in a dress only to find it was completely unnecessary as I can get it on & off over my head...doh! Jen

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  117. Such a cute summery dress! I am so pleased that they've released this pattern since they seemed to have stopped running the classes for it.

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  118. Thanks for hosting the giveaway! I really like your fabric choice.

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  119. This dress is lovely and very helpful feedback on construction.

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  120. Ruthlanwarne@hotmail.co.uk- in case I'm picked for the give away pattern!

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  121. Lovely dress and fab colour. A dress I would love to make. Really suits you. Mary.pirie@btinternet.com

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  122. This looks great, I have the tea dress but haven't made it yet, looks like another one for the sewing queue!
    sl.phillips(at)virgin(dot)net

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  123. Gorgeous dress! I agree about side zips. You never know if you're zipping your skin up in it! I just made Francoise by Tilly and the buttons. I was under a deadline and decided to leave the back zip out. Thank goodness I could still wiggle into it!
    Email fancyprincess12@yahoo.com

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  124. I would love to win a copy of this pattern! s4rahauge@gmail.com

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  125. Gorgeous. I would have to change the side zip too - I always feel like I'm going to get stuck in a side-zipped dress! LOL

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  126. Your dress is so cute! I particularly love how the skirt hangs. I'm right there with you on side zips - mostly because I find it awkward to reach across myself to zip it up around my bust. If the dress is tight in the slightest, it's a nightmare. I always go center back! Thanks for the lovely giveaway :)

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  127. That chambray actually looks really nice with this pattern. I don't think I would have thought to use that one, and it turned out really well. I would love a chance to try one myself. thosesamestars at gmail.com. Thank you for offering up this giveaway!

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  128. What a lovely dress - I think if I don't win your giveaway I'll have to go any buy the pattern!!

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  129. Very cute! I like it! Looks like a great summer dress.
    Thanks for a fun giveaway!

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  130. Julie Blanchard29 April 2016 at 11:24

    Such a cute summer dress. Would love to win this!

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  131. Thats such a nice choice of fabric. Polka dots are always a winner with me. I'm quite new to sewing clothes so I've never installed a side zip. Reading the comments they seem to be quite unpopular with most.

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  132. I'm dying to try this pattern! I have a skull patterned crepe de chine that would be perfect for this.... *hopeful face*

    abibaker82@gmail.com

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  133. Lovely colour and style. I hate doing fba adjustments but looks great on you.

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  134. Jane I was wondering how you tackled your FBA. I need to do a 1.5" adjustment on mine & I'm struggling with it. Any tips would be appreciated.

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    1. Hi Tracey, I'll go back and look at the pattern then email you re the FBA. Thanks. x

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    2. Can't seem to find an email address for you, can you send it to me and I'll photograph the bodice pattern piece and send it to you. x

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  135. Thanks for your reply Jane. I've sent an email via your website. Hopefully you got it OK, if not I'm a technical dunce. Fingers crossed. Tracy

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  136. This is amazing, I love the style ... a dash of rockabilly 1950s style I think. It looks immaculately made.

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